Zuari FarmHub inks an MoU with ICRISAT to provide agricultural solutions
Zuari FarmHub Ltd and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) that will support Zuari FarmHub’s objective of offering integrated agri-solutions for all agricultural needs.
Zuari FarmHub, one of India’s premier agritech companies, has established a partnership with ICRISAT. ICRISAT will construct a data-driven digital agriculture platform that will bring all essential data for decision-making on a single platform, and knowledge-driven tools built on top of this data platform will deliver actionable information for distribution.
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Speaking on the agreement, Mr. Madan Mohan Pandey, MD, Zuari FarmHub stated, ‘We want to construct a digital platform that is able to create value for farmers and stakeholders by offering exact advises to farmers. Farmers face issues such as a lack of awareness regarding data-backed warnings and a lack of such solutions for those who are informed. As a result, decision-makers use data-backed digital tools at a relatively low rate. Farmers will be able to access the advisory through digital channels such as the Jai Kisaan app as well as our retail network of Jai Kisaan Junction stores across Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh. We hope to provide tailored advice to each farmer as a result of this relationship.’
Dr. Jacqueline Hughes, Director-General of ICRISAT, stated of the partnership, ‘Seeing is believing. Before adopting new technologies, farmers must first witness the favourable impact of better soil on crop production and income.’
ICRISAT intends to create a digital agriculture platform that includes a cloud infrastructure with machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, as well as a geodatabase to store spatial and non-spatial data. The collaboration will also create web and mobile data gathering and information dissemination tools, computation models for the decision support system, and reporting dashboards. These dashboards will offer farmers with actionable advice.’
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Precision-driven guidance can help farmers increase their profitability while also preventing crop damage by taking preventive action against diseases and pests.
‘Artificial intelligence will be employed extensively for pest and disease detection, and soil nutrient recommendations will take farmers’ budgets and yield projections into account,’ stated Dr. ML Jat, Resilient Farm and Food Systems Research Program Director at ICRISAT.